Recently, as we checked into Fish Eagle Cottage at Brahman Hills, it was hard not be influenced by the typically African countryside complete with views across the rolling hills of the Midlands. Right from the onset, I fell in love with the tranquil Blue Crane Nature Reserve and the fact that it allowed us to experience its abundant wildlife first hand.

So a bit about the cottages.. Each self-catering cottage has a secluded and private set-up, making it the ideal ‘home away from home’ complete with DSTV, a cosy fireplace, braai area and our very own outdoor Jacuzzi that we took full advantage of with evenings spent under the stars.

Once settled in, it was off to the hotel to enjoy an intimate and romantic dinner in their wine cellar “89 on Copper”. As we arrived, we were welcomed by our attentive waiter, Joshua who could not have been more helpful throughout the evening (despite us being tired from the travels) and with the experience of someone who is no stranger to the hospitality industry, he seemed to pre-empt our requirements. “89 on Copper” has something for everyone on its rustic menu from their fine dining plated courses for me to a generous cheese burger and fries for my partner.

Relaxed and with full tummies, we retreated to our room in peace to enjoy a bottle of bubbles in our private Jacuzzi under the stars.

Morning arrived before we knew it, and we were swept off to our private couple’s massage treatments, complete with a choice of champagne, coffee and chocolate options to die for. Whilst there, we even got a visit from some inquisitive Brahman cattle who needed a drink from the water feature located nearby.

Brahman Hills and Spa place emphasis on produce that is sourced ethically, biodegradable and with an ever-growing spotlight on the impact that we as human beings have on our environment, it is wonderful to see a hotel that transparently supports organic and local.

To sum our stay, Brahman Hills has it all… convenience, a stunning location surprisingly close to the N3 and a homely feel without scrimping on the unique luxury touches that truly make it world class.